Friday Jan 17, 2014

How Mobile & Social Increase the Value of HR Technology

By Mike Vilimek

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A key finding from CedarCrestone’s 2013 – 2014 HR Systems Survey was that improving the user experience is an important way to improve user adoption. It makes sense really. If a system provides an easy, modern, and engaging user experience, chances are more people will use it. Contrary, if a system provides a frustrating, complex and outdated user experience, people will simply avoid using it.


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Friday Dec 13, 2013

6 Tips to Fuel Customer-Focused Marketing

written by: Amanda Batista

In the modern marketplace, no longer can customer and prospect engagements be relegated to generic, templated messaging. Because technology has, and continues to, evolve at a rapid pace, consumers are kept connected, informed, and empowered to make smarter decisions to support their goals. The Amazon.com “You Might Also Like Approach” consumers have become accustomed to as consumers has translated to our professional roles, and they expect relevant and compelling offers and communications from the brands they engage with.

Organizations also need to meet more demands for programs, such as digital marketing and social media — with fewer resources — but the lack of access to customer information can make it difficult to create and deliver compelling campaigns. While this has challenged organizations to rethink their engagement strategies to refine the alignment of marketing and sales communications, the digitally fueled ecosystem also presents unique and exciting opportunities for marketers and sales people to interact with consumers across more channels, enhancing the ability to garner important behavioral data to build out detailed profiles.

Moreover, organizations are challenged to take a metrics-based approach to better serve these more informed consumers. To deliver on the promise of relevant and value, marketing and sales teams must be aligned in their strategic measurements and engagement communications.

Cloud technology facilitates greater access to customer information, enabling you to have greater top-line revenue and return on your company's marketing investment. A modern marketing approach — with the right mix of process technology (science) and creative content (art) — can transform your business.

To help you think outside your traditional marketing box here are 3 “building benefits” — or a phased approach — to integrating marketing communications in the cloud:

1. Understand your buyer with a universal customer profile- The proliferation of engagement channels has ushered in a massive outpour of valuable data that organizations can use to expand their prospect and customer profiles. For example, marketers can include activities relevant to digital assets, and track customer activity through earned, owned, and paid media during the engagement process.

2. Align organizational business practices- Organizations that have done the hard work to agree on definitions must collaborate to set shared goals for their sales and marketing teams. To make this process easier and more transparent, they need a shared set of metrics to define the Sales/Marketing pipeline – and form “one view of the truth." This shared sales and marketing dashboard can be a “holy grail” because it allows organizations to understand the velocity and shape of the sales pipeline and make real-time adjustments if they see an opportunity or issue. In addition to optimized efficiency and more seamless execution, a key benefit of alignment is that the end user experience is optimized as a result of that united front.

3. Demonstrate value to your audience- With the buyer in the driver seat, marketers have to find a way to comfortably ride shotgun rather than being left in the backseat, or worse, not have the opportunity to ride along at all. To optimize customer acquisition and retention, marketers must continually demonstrate value and commitment to their customers. With the proper understanding of how today’s digital marketing technology enables you to know your buyer (and appropriately action the right marketing engagement).

4. Improve campaign results by leveraging digital body language and real-time data

Tracking marketing effectiveness helps marketing departments determine whether their campaigns have been successful in compelling prospects to take a desired action. Marketers can then fine-tune their strategies in the midst of a campaign while keeping executive management posted on how Marketing is helping to fill the sales pipeline.

Rethinking how to modernize your marketing technology tactics? Join us at Oracle CloudWorld for best practice insight, Jan. 29 in San Francisco.

Friday Nov 22, 2013

The World’s Gone Mobile. What Does that Mean for HR?

 written by: Stephanie Lepow

Today’s employees are accustomed to a new consumer-driven culture where they have a voice, are connected and can get things done when and where they want. Everywhere you look, people are tapping away on smartphones and tablets. And it’s not just about texting friends or posting Facebook status updates. Consumers today shop in their pajamas, and in the airport terminal and on their way to work. They pay bills while standing in line at the grocery store. They answer emails while waiting for their latte. Mobile technology—both the accessibility and the attention paid to delivering a simple and user-centric experience—has changed the way we communicate. This has spilled over into the workplace. In the 2013 Avanade “Work Redesigned” study of 600 executives, business leaders and IT leaders worldwide, 61% of companies report that most employees use personal computing devices at work. While most are still using phones and tablets for basic tasks such as reading email and managing their calendars, more than a third of companies say employees use the devices for advanced tasks such as customer relationship management (CRM), project management, content creation, and data analysis. The 2013-2014 CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey echoes this trend, noting that mobile-enabled process adoption grew 67% since 2012 with the most use in payroll, recruiting and performance management. CedarCrestone predicts that mobile-enabled processes will almost double by 2014.

Modern HR leaders are tapping into this trend, enabling their employees to access HR applications on their smartphones and tablets for everything from basic self-service tasks that used to require assistance from HR—such as updating personal data or reviewing benefits—to more complex tasks such as analyzing headcount reports and reviewing employee performance data.

As this video from Newfield Exploration shows, mobile applications can also play a huge role in keeping managers and employees aligned on objectives and performance goals, providing staff with real-time access to critical information, and connecting colleagues when they are spread out among offices.

Watch the video:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/74857035

Learn more about the role mobile can play in delivering an engaging and productive employee experience to your modern workforce. Join us at Oracle CloudWorld events happening worldwide, from now through April. At these free, day-long events, you’ll hear insightful keynotes and real-world case studies, have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demos, and get the chance to engage in honest dialogue with your peers. There’s an entire track devoted to modern HR so you won’t want to miss it.

See event locations and register now: http://www.oracle.com/events/global/en/cloudworld/index.html

Friday Nov 08, 2013

Oracle celebrates a successful Oracle CloudWorld in Bogotá

written by: Diana Tamayo Tovar

Oracle CloudWorld Bogotá began with scattered showers, rain and strong winds, inviting Colombians to spend a whole day in the social, mobile and complete world of Oracle Cloud. The event took place on November 6th with 807 attendees, 15 media representatives and 65 partners, who gathered to share the business value of Cloud along with Oracle executives and Colombian market leaders.

Line-of-business leaders in sales and marketing, customer service and support, HR and talent management, and finance and operations, shared their ideas with Colombian customers, giving them a chance to learn, discover and engage with the tools, trends and concepts of Cloud.

The highlights of the event included the presence of keynote speakers such as Bob Evans, Chief Communications Officer, and a customer testimonial session with top business leaders from insurance, finances, retail, communications and health Colombian industries, who shared their innovation experiences and success stories on workforce empowerment, talent management, cloud security, social engagement and productivity, providing best case scenarios on how Oracle has helped them transform their business with technologies like cloud, social collaboration and mobile applications.

The keynote session was preceded by a customer success story from one of the largest virtual network operator in the country, providing an interesting case study of mobile banking innovation and a great customer testimonial of the importance of cross industry strategies and cloud technology.

The event provided five different tracks on the main trends of how companies communicate and engage with different audiences, providing a different perspective on the importance of empowering brands through their customers, trusting and investing in technology for growth, while Oracle University shared their knowledge with “Oracle Cloud Fundamentals” a training lesson regarding Java Cloud, Database Cloud and other Oracle Cloud product technologies and solutions.

The rainy day scenario included sideshows of aerial acrobatics and speed painting performances to recreate the environment of modern and flexible Cloud Solutions in a colorful and creative way.

Oracle CloudWorld Bogotá was a great opportunity to expose invalid cloud Myths and the main concerns of the Colombian customers towards cloud, considering IDC Latin America studies stating that 93% of Colombian business leaders are interested in cloud but only 47% understand its business value.

Spending a day in the cloud with 6 demogrounds stations, conference sessions, interesting case studies and customer testimonials will surely widen the endless market opportunities for Colombian customers, leaving them amazed with how Oracle Cloud works towards integration with other environments, non oracle applications, social media and mobile devices with bulletproof security infrastructure.

Friday Oct 04, 2013

Recruiting Goes Social: How to Turn Connections—Yours and Your Employees’— into Quality Recruits: Part 2

 written by: Stephanie Lepow

In Part 1 of our post on social recruiting, we talked about tapping the goldmine of your employees’ social connections to generate high quality referrals. Getting an effective employee referral program in place will have a huge impact on your recruiting efforts. But that’s not the only social avenue to explore.

The next place to look for great talent is your own community of fans and followers. If you’ve nurtured your social networks and provided authentic and interesting information, you already have a pool of potential candidates who are passionate about your brand. Why not mine this group to see if your next top performer is waiting in the wings?

As with your employee referral program, success is in the details. Schedule targeted job postings to your social networks—distributing them in fans and followers’ Twitter streams and Facebook news feeds—and then let people apply for positions that interest them right then and there. Make it easy for potential candidates to view, search, and share jobs and to complete their application either on the network or via your social sourcing portal. Automation and ease of use are critical. With an automated program, you can schedule posts to your social networks ahead of time, space them out so you aren’t socially spamming your audience, and prioritize them so critical vacancies are posted first and more often. And with a user-friendly application process, you can get candidates right when they’re interested and you lessen the risk of them not following through.

You also want to take the opportunity to build up your talent community. Your fans and followers may not see their perfect job listed today but your postings may spark the idea of working for you later down the line. Encourage them to sign up for your talent community and allow them to set alerts based on criteria such as skill sets or job locations. When a matching job opens up, they’ll automatically be notified via email. This is a great way to attract passive candidates who may not be looking for their next opportunity until it conveniently lands in their lap.

Learn more about making social recruiting work for you:

1) See our social sourcing demo this October 7-9 at HR Technology 2013 in Las Vegas: Visit us at booth 711

2) Learn more about modern HR in the cloud at HCM World, February 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Oracle Cloud IaaS: Compute and Object Storage

As another Oracle OpenWorld winds down, I’d like to reflect on some news at this year’s conference that was particularly interesting. If you read my blog post on Tuesday, you already saw the announcement about the new Oracle Cloud Database as a Service (DBaaS), WebLogic as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings that will expand the Oracle Cloud portfolio. I’d like to drill down a bit on IaaS in particular. This morning, I attended Chris Pinkham’s (SVP of Development, Oracle Cloud) general session which focused on the topic. Some of you may recognize Chris not only as one of the co-founders of Nibula, a cloud infrastructure management company acquired by Oracle earlier this year, but also as one of original creators of the Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).  Clearly, Chris has not changed his penchant for innovation because he’s leading the charge to bring enterprise IaaS to the Oracle Cloud.

During his session, Chris shared some details about the new general purpose compute and storage services in the Oracle Cloud. Named the Oracle Compute Cloud and the Oracle Object Storage Cloud, both will scale elastically and support any type of workload. Because both services are general purpose, they’ll provide customers with a lot of flexibility and administrative control over the apps they deploy in the cloud. The Oracle Compute Cloud is compatible with OpenStack Nova and provides virtual CPUs that make deploying applications fast and easy. It comes with built-in elastic block storage in the form of direct attached, network attached, or DBMS-backed storage that’s persistent and portable between other services within the Oracle Cloud. The Oracle Object Storage Cloud also scales elastically and is compatible for OpenStack Swift to support Java and REST APIs.

Chris was joined on stage by Chris Brown (CTO, OPSCODE) who demo’d an integration between Oracle Cloud and Chef, an open source systems and cloud infrastructure automation framework. That was followed by a demo of a Ruby on Rails app running on the Oracle Cloud by Rob Walters (CTO of Engine Yard).  It was very cool to see the openness and flexibility of the Oracle Cloud to support such interoperability and diverse workloads.

I know there’s a lot more to come in the Oracle Cloud and that what we’re seeing now is just the beginning of the exciting new capabilities that are on the way. Stay tuned to this blog and like us on Facebook to keep up to date.


Recruiting Goes Social: How to Turn Connections—Yours and Your Employees’— into Quality Recruits: Part 1

written by: Stephanie Lepow

The cloud isn’t the only technology innovation to change the way we work—consider social. If you’re a recruiter, you know that social has changed the game. So how do you make it work for you?

It’s not just about the sheer volume of people on social media, it’s about the fact that by using smart social outreach, you can more easily zero in quality talent, in less time and for less money than you’d spend using traditional channels. Rather than hunting for the needle in the haystack that is the ideal recruit, top candidates will come to you.

Sound too good to be true? Let’s take a look at one way to make this work:

Tap the goldmine of your employees’ social networks
LinkedIn is traditionally thought of as the work network but don’t discount Facebook or other networks when it comes to finding great talent through your employees. Your employees are connected to a lot of people online and that can quickly fill your talent coffers.  
If you have 2,000 employees with an average of 100 social connections each and those connections have an additional 100 connections each, 20 million people could potentially see your job posting—for free.   Even if only a fraction share and view your post, you still have incredible reach.

When you start with your employees, you also have an automatic filter in place. Your employees know your company culture and they want to protect their professional reputation. Compare this to a job board where anyone can apply—giving you piles of irrelevant resumes to sort through.

In Survey.com research commissioned by SelectMinds, referrals were found to be the top choice for external sourcing for quality, speed and cost.

To maximize employee referrals, create an easy and automated program so you can match the right positions with the right employees (rather than blasting your entire workforce with every opening),  create targeted campaigns, track who brings in the best referrals, and make it simple for employees to share jobs, identify and recommend qualified connections, and see the results of their efforts.


See how you can put an employee referral program into action:

1)    Join us for two eye-opening sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2013:

Leverage Select Minds to Feel the Power of Oracle Talent Management Applications
Wednesday, Sep 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Palace Hotel - Presidio

The Game-Changing Potential of Social Sourcing
Wednesday, Sep 25, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Palace Hotel – Presidio
See full session descriptions as well as other Wednesday sessions on talent management in the cloud here.


2)    See our social sourcing demo this October 7-9 at HR Technology 2013 in Las Vegas: Visit us at booth 711

3)    Learn more about modern HR in the cloud at HCM World, February 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas

Plus, watch this blog for Part 2: How to Turn Fans and Followers into Potential Recruits.

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Oracle and Microsoft: Partners in the Enterprise Cloud

Back in late June, Oracle and Microsoft announced a new partnership designed to help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility when deploying Oracle software. As an extension of its commitment to support multiple platforms, Oracle would certify and support Oracle applications, middleware, database, Java, and Oracle Linux on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Microsoft would offer Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers. Also, Oracle would offer Oracle Linux to Windows Azure customers. You can review all key elements of the partnership announcement by reading my blog post about it or the press release. Whether you’re in IT, a software industry analyst, or just a techie like me, you knew this was big news.

Now fast forward just a few short months and here comes more good news. Today at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, it was announced that Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server is now available for preview in Windows Azure. During his partner keynote presentation, Brad Anderson, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Cloud and Enterprise Engineering, discussed the benefits of being able to deploy and run Oracle’s mission critical software on a Microsoft-based public, private, or hybrid cloud. There was even a demo of how easy it was to deploy Oracle software using pre-configured images from the Windows Azure image gallery. The full list of available Oracle software images is available here

Microsoft's Brad Anderson

You can watch a live stream and on-demand replays of all the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 keynotes, including Brad Anderson's, at oracle.com/openworld/live. As news about the Oracle and Microsoft partnership continues to develop, check back here on the Oracle Cloud Solutions blog to keep up to date.

Announcing Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

I’m sure most of you reading this blog are fully aware that we’re now firmly in the vortex of that juggernaut known as Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (#oow13). As is always the case, news of new products and services from Oracle and its partners is coming fast and furious. It’s enough to make your head spin! Forgive me for piling on, but during his Tuesday afternoon keynote address, Thomas Kurian announced several new additions to the Oracle Cloud service portfolio including Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS), Java as a Service, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Oracle DBaaS and Java as a Service are significant new services because for the first time, customers will have full administrative control over the Oracle Database and WebLogic Server in Oracle’s public cloud. Both services will also be offered with managed services options, making it easier than ever to develop and deploy applications in the cloud. The new IaaS offers an elastic compute service that's compatible with OpenStack Nova and provides virtual CPUs and elastic block storage for deploying your apps. Also being offered is a new object storage service that's compatible with OpenStack Swift for access to digital content over Java and REST APIs. Each of the new services are now in preview and like other Oracle Cloud services, will be subscription based.

For more details about the new Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service, read the press release or go to www.oracle.com/cloud.

Announcing the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Among the many announcements being made at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, one that really caught my attention was about the new Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Cloud Marketplace provides a place for Oracle Cloud customers to easily browse, evaluate and buy trusted business applications developed by registered Oracle partners. These applications extend the Oracle Cloud and cover a broad range of functions from basic reporting and user management, to more robust solutions such as sale incentives and compensation management, governance and risk management, customer lead creation, and sales reporting. The Cloud Marketplace is designed to help customers easily find applications that meet their needs with the ability to search by keyword or category and sort by name, rating, or date. Each application listing provides detailed information including a description of the application, demos, ratings and reviews, videos and screenshots.

Oracle partners who publish their applications on the Cloud Marketplace also benefit by gaining visibility for their solutions and easy access to a larger market of potential customers. Benefits for becoming a Publisher on the Cloud Marketplace include:

  • SAVE TIME & MONEY - Develop cloud applications quickly and easily. No commissions.
  • EXTEND & INTEGRATE - Leverage native integration with the Oracle Cloud SaaS applications.
  • INNOVATE - Leverage Oracle Cloud PaaS to build new applications in the cloud.
  • GROW YOUR BUSINESS - Sell applications into the Oracle Cloud customer base.

Find out what the Oracle Cloud Marketplace has to offer by visiting cloud.oracle.com/marketplace. Read the press release and click here to see an overview video of the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Empower Modern Business in the Cloud at Oracle Open World 2013

SaaS. Software as a service. Cloud applications. What do they mean to you?  What do they mean to your business?
Not all clouds are created equal and it is important to know what your cloud provider has to offer and what cloud capabilities you need.   Will it be able to support your business needs?


As a line of business executive, here are a few key things to remember:


1)    To empower the business, cloud applications must work together
This is important for several reasons:
-    A complete and integrated cloud application is necessary for business managers to visualize information through a consolidated lens. Wouldn’t it be better if you could more easily share data appropriately across departments, make better decisions and align with the overall business strategy?


2)    Business managers require anytime, anywhere access
-    In today’s world of social and mobile, cloud is the backbone that enables new levels of interconnectivity and real time access for business, your brand and responding to the pulse of your customers.


3)     Where your data is located and who has access to it may surprise you.
-  Needless to say, security is the top concern with organizations considering moving their business critical applications to the cloud. This is an area where adequate research should be done and any potential cloud provider should be evaluated.
- It is important to understand what security services your cloud provider will provide and what regulatory and compliance mandates they adhere to.  Different lines of business will have different requirements depending on their industry, geography and customer base.

Want to know more about Oracle’s Strategy for SaaS in the cloud? Be sure to check out these sessions:

 General Session 9549: Oracle Fusion Applications—Overview, Strategy, and Roadmap
Christopher Leone, Oracle    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM, Monday  September 23rd,  Moscone West - 2006/2008      

General Session 9540: Empowering Modern Business in the Cloud
Steven Miranda, Oracle    3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Tuesday,September 24th , Moscone West - 2006/2008     

CON 9558: Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle Cloud
Mervyn Lally, Land O Lakes Inc.
Krishnan Rajan, Oracle    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM, Wednesday, September 25th,  Moscone West - 3022   

For More Information on Oracle Cloud Sessions at Open World, click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Friday Jul 26, 2013

Business Managers Must be Smart About Cloud

Recently we posted a three part series on the new Dynamic Markets Research report- Cloud for Business Managers: Opportunities and Challenges. We introduced some key considerations for organizations who are moving their applications to a SaaS based environment. For those of you who still have questions or are looking for additional insights this is for you…

Everyone talks about the benefits of cloud but who really achieves them?   Where do you start? What should you look for?
Let’s take a closer look at several cloud opportunities for you to create benefits for your organization.

1)    To Empower the business, cloud applications must work together
This is important for several reasons:
-     A complete and integrated cloud application is necessary for business managers to visualize information through a consolidated lens. Wouldn’t it be better if you could more easily share data appropriately across departments, make better decisions and  align with the overall business strategy?



-     Get a complete and holistic view of your business
-     Roll out solutions faster without reliance on IT and  allow your business to focus on innovation


2)    Business Managers Require anytime, anywhere access
- In today’s world of social and mobile, cloud is the backbone  that enables new levels of inter-connectivity and real time access for business, its brand and the pulse of its customers.



-Social and mobile anytime access is critical for organizations to transform how employees, and customers share and use information


3) Where your data is and who has access to it may surprise you
-  Needless to say, security is the top concern with organizations considering moving their business critical applications to the cloud. This is an area where adequate research should be done and any potential cloud provider should be evaluated.


- Avoiding information siloes is also important when it comes to security. Customers want to be assured that their information is safe and protected when they do business with you. It is difficult to keep track of compliance with each department running their applications with a different cloud provider, with different processes and controls.
-It is critical to understand what security services your cloud provider will provide and what regulatory and compliance mandates they adhere too. Different lines of business will have different requirements depending on their industry, geography and customer base

So you get the picture. In order to drive orderly innovation for your business and excel in the marketplace, you’ll need to consider a complete, modern, flexible and secure cloud that is ready to move when you are.


Check out this new infographic and read the full Dynamic Markets Research Report, commissioned by Oracle.

For More Information:
 Infographic here
Survey Report here

Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Oracle Cloud. Engineered for Heroes...at Cloud Expo East

Even though it's been a few weeks since Cloud Expo East in New York City, I couldn't resist posting a couple of pictures of the Oracle Cloud/Iron Man 3 advertising that we ran at the event. It was pretty cool seeing those big digital ads in front of the Javits Center and the courtesy cars driving around Manhattan. Definitely eye-catching. Enjoy!

Learn more about what makes Oracle Cloud engineered for heroes at oracle.com/ironman3.

Javits Center Digital Billboard

Oracle Courtesy Cars

By the way...yes, those cars are hybrids!

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Cloud Fact for Business Managers #3: Where Your Data Is, and Who Has Access to It Might Surprise You

Written by: David Krauss


While data security and operational risk conversations usually happen around the desk of a CCO/CSO (chief compliance and/or security officer), or perhaps the CFO, since business managers are now selecting cloud providers, they need to be able to at least ask some high-level questions on the topic of risk and compliance.  While the report found that 76% of adopters were motivated to adopt cloud apps because of quick access to software, most of these managers found that after they made a purchase decision their access to exciting new capabilities in the cloud could be hindered due to performance and scalability constraints put forth  by their cloud provider.  If you are going to let your business consume their mission critical business applications as a service, then it’s important to understand who is providing those cloud services and what kind of performance you are going to get.  Different types of departments, companies and industries will all have unique requirements so it’s key to take this also into consideration.  


Nothing puts a CEO in a bad mood like a public data breach or finding out the company lost money when customers couldn’t buy a product or service because your cloud service provider had a problem.  With 42% of business managers having seen a data security breach in their department associated directly with the use of cloud applications, this is happening more than you think.  

We’ve talked about the importance of being able to avoid information silos through a unified cloud approach and platform.  This is also important when keeping your data safe and secure, and a key conversation to have with your cloud provider.  Your customers want to know that their information is protected when they do business with you, just like you want your own company information protected.   This is really hard to do when each line of business is running different cloud application services managed by different cloud providers, all with different processes and controls.   It only adds to the complexity, and the more complex, the more risky and the chance that something will go wrong.

What about compliance? Depending on the cloud provider, it can be difficult at best to understand who has access to your data, and were your data is actually stored.  Add to this multiple cloud providers spanning multiple departments and it becomes very problematic when trying to comply with certain industry and country data security regulations.  With 73% of business managers complaining that having cloud data handled externally by one or more cloud vendors makes it hard for their department to be compliant, this is a big time suck for executives and it puts the organization at risk.

Is There A Complete, Integrated, Modern Cloud Out there for Business Executives?
If you are a business manager looking to drive faster innovation for your business and want a cloud application that your CIO would approve of, I would encourage you take a look at Oracle Cloud.  It’s everything you want from a SaaS based application, but without compromising on functionality and other modern capabilities like embedded business intelligence, social relationship management (for your entire business), and advanced mobile.  And because Oracle Cloud is built and managed by Oracle, you can be confident that your cloud application services are enterprise-grade.  Over 25 Million users and 10 thousands companies around the globe rely on Oracle Cloud application services everyday – maybe your business should too.  For more information, visit cloud.oracle.com.


Additional Resources
•    Try it: cloud.oracle.com
•    Learn more: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/complete-cloud/index.html
•    Research Report: Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Friday Jun 14, 2013

Cloud Fact for Business Managers #2

For those in sales, marketing & customer services roles in particular, being able to look at customer data through a consolidated lens is critical to how they see the future. For instance, 50% of those surveyed think data must be easily shared across all channels of communication and across various departments and business units in order to deliver a next-generation customer experience.[Read More]
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